Anti-Submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel speed testing.
The ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is a DARPA funded project launched in early 2010 to develop an Anti-submarine drone (Unmanned surface vehicle). In September 2014, DARPA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to jointly fund the ACTUV prototype. If successful, the program could transition to the U.S. Navy for ASW by 2018, and possibly other missions such as mine countermeasures.
The ACTUV will be christened in April 2016 in Portland, Oregon and demonstrate its capabilities over 18 months. In addition to submarine hunting, the vessel could perform counter-mine, reconnaissance, and resupply missions.